Why is the "number of write-ups" wrong?

When you see a user's "number of write-ups", this is a number which PerlMonks maintains, incrementing it each time a user posts. Maintaining this number statically is more efficient than re-counting the user's writeups each time someone wants to see it. However, over time this number can "drift" away from the true count, due to a few rare conditions (let's not call them bugs). This is why "~" appears before the write-up number on Perl Monks User Search (it stands for "approximately").

For another reason why a user's displayed "number of write-ups" may not match their true count, see Why are categorized questions and answers displayed separately from the rest of my writeups?. Or, if you are a member of pmdev looking at a fellow pmdevil's writeups, then you may also see non-public nodes (such as patches) listed which are not accounted for in their "number".

If your own write-up number is wrong

If you suspect that the number of your write-ups displayed is inaccurate, you can reset it by doing the following:

  1. Go to User Settings
  2. Press the "submit" button.
You do not need to change any of the settings.
If your write-up number was inaccurate, the resulting page will have a note at the top explaining that your number was updated.

There is no way to correct another user's write-up number. You could try /msging them and pointing them to the procedure above.

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